Why weren’t other religious minorities forced to videotape their Independence Day celebrations in India?

Published: August 16, 2017
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Indian Muslims celebrate Independence Day with national flags on the terrace of the Madrasa Arabia Islamia in the Juhapura area of Ahmedabad on August 15, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

As if ghar wapsi programs and beef lynching was not enough, madrassas in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) have been told to celebrate the Indian Independence Day with great fervour and patriotism.

And to prove that their students are very good and patriotic citizens of India, those who manage Indian madrassas will have to submit videos of how they celebrated the patriotic day. Of course, it shouldn’t surprise us, since after the appointment of a rabid anti-Muslim like Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister of India’s largest state (with a large Muslim population), killings of Muslims suspected to have eaten beef have increased. Now, to be a Muslim in UP is like being a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.

Why is this being done? Why aren’t students of other religious schools being asked to prove that they are patriotic Indians?

Why are Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists in India not being compelled to videotape how they celebrate Independence Day? Is it because all Indian Muslims are considered to be ISI agents? What makes Narendra Modi think that by forcing Indian Muslims to prove that they are good Indians (while carrying out mass killing of Muslims in Kashmir), his party will get the Muslim vote?

Of course, Indian Muslims have been subjected to persecution ever since 1947, when the shock of seeing India divided made the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its virulent activists even more determined to rid India of Muslims.

In fact, as recently as 2002, more than a thousand Muslims were butchered under the supervision of Modi himself. Because he was suspected to be directly responsible for the killings, Modi was denied visa to visit the US for many years, until he became the prime minister.

Then there is the recent decision of the Maharashtra government to remove all references to India’s Muslim past. They have even removed pictures of Mughal monuments like the Taj Mahal from text books to make impressionable Indian children believe that Muslims made no contribution to the arts, culture and architecture of India.

There have even been claims by Hinduvta fanatics that the Taj Mahal was built by Hindus and not by the Mughal king Shah Jahan. It shouldn’t surprise us if one day they decide to demolish the Taj Mahal on the grounds that it has been built over the ruins of a Hindu temple, as they did with the Babri Masjid.

Modi and his BJP Hinduvta allies know that they can never have a Hindu rashtra (Hindu state) unless they are able to significantly reduce the population of its Muslim minority (comprising of 14.23% of the population). They will try every means to achieve their goal, even if it means killing as many Muslims as possible (if they are not able to convert them to Hinduism).

Modi should ponder what the outgoing Indian vice president said about “a lot of unease, a sense of insecurity creeping in among the minorities in India”. He meant that minorities in India, particularly the Muslims, do not feel safe in India.

Remember what Shah Rukh Khan said sometime back?

“I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India. There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation rather than my own country – this even though I am an Indian whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave my home and return to what they refer to as my original homeland.”

Has Modi already forgotten Maqbool Fida Husain, the most famous Indian of his time? The most highly paid painter of India left India and spent the last seven years of his life in self-exile because he continuously received death threats. His crime, of course, was that he was a Muslim who was not considered a patriotic Indian.

So if Modi wants to win the loyalties of Indian Muslims, do not force them to do what they don’t want to do. All you have to do is to trust them, give them jobs, tell your rabid followers not to lynch them on suspicion of eating beef and stop treating them as second class citizens.

And of course, you must order your soldiers to stop killing the Muslims of Kashmir and settling Hindus in the occupied territory with the aim of turning Kashmir into a Hindu-majority state.

Shakir Lakhani

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, former visiting lecturer at NED Engineering College, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (twitter.com/shakirlakhani)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Raj

    There is no need to force other minorities to videotape their independence day celebrations because, they are already celebrating such things with fervour and only in case of muslims it is required becuase, some of them feel that religion comes first and the nation comes second. This narrow attitude is not found with other minorities as they are highly patrioritc and like any other hindus, the religion comes last and first is nation, second is humanity, third is parents and the last is religion. This is the difference between muslims and other minorities.Recommend

  • Dr. Ramesh Sharma

    If this writer looks into the mirror then he will find that what he has written in this article about India is actually done by Pakistan to its minorities. The population of minorities in India especially Muslims have increased more than Hindus. He should explain why their is an increase if the Muslims were cleansed in India by Hindus. You can say about Pakistan where the census data from 1947 until today can testify this fact.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Actually, it’s because most Indians (particularly Hindus in the Hindi belt) believe that all Indian Muslims are ISI agents!Recommend

  • Karachiwala

    have you seen your flag lately? safron on top, white and then green.
    Rest of the minority is gullible

    at least find a courage to accept what has been done wrong by your politician in your name.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    How Pakistan treats its non-Muslims even after using some of them to give thousand cuts to India, is described here by Indian Sikh:

    In 2000’s I went to Bakistan and people are not allowed to go to Gurdwaras there., Gurudwaras are locked with Sikhs living inside and allowed only certain times (or when police/ISI demands) . In the heart of Lahore just opposite of the Fort of Lahore (Shahi Qila) there is a centuries old Gurdwara named Dera Sahib., It is the spot where 5th Guru Sri Guru Arjan Dev ji was murdered on the order of Jehangir the mughal emperor. This gurdwara was locked and I had to go to Wakf board office show them our passports and after ensuring that we are non-muslim they open up the lock., we went inside. Inside there were Sikh families living., head of each family was getting Rs 2000.00 (Paki rupees) per month as “Salary”. while they did nothing., there was no langar and no prasad. In fact there was not even Sri Guru Granth Sahib. I asked them and the Sikhs said that only when Indian Sikhs come they bring Sri Guru Granth Sahib with them and then take it back. It has been desecreated so many times that they have decided to not keep it there.

    One elder person started crying after I thanked him and gave him 5000 Pakistani rupees. They have basically given up their lives to keep historical Gurudwaras in their hand.

    Bhagat Puran Singh was a sewadar in this Gurdwara and came to Amritsar in 1947

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagat_Puran_Singh. “Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Elite of UPBihar Muslims created Pakistan and not Baloch, Pakhtun or Sindhis.Recommend

  • Karachiwala

    Dr Ramesh, there is no Denying about the status of minorities in Pakistan. In fact believe me or not, its getting better every day now. So many people are just working and making sure that Jinnah message about minorities should be applied with spirits. But YES..there are some bad events.

    But..only for your education.. Pakistan has never claimed to be the world Largest democracy nor it ever portrayed that Pakistan is the happiest place for minorities.

    Again for your education, In fact, its your country INDIA that claims to be the largest Democracy of this World, and tell stories of harmony among different religion, language, caste of people.

    In Pakistan, where minority has been treated very badly…Provincial Government is very far, never a single politician has openly said or done anything to hurt Minority.

    If you are really a doctor by profession, then my humble request for you to at least find a courage to accept what has been done wrong by your politician in your name. 2 wrongs never makes 1 right!
    Believe me this is very damaging to your own nation.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav

    Maqbool Fida Hussein painted a picture that Hindus did not like. But how about Salman Rushdie? Taslima Nasreen? Youtube movie about MOhammed? Were not Muslims blood thirsty after these “freedom of expression” incidents?Recommend

  • Peter

    India s d only Country in d whole World, Where people from different faiths have d right to practice their religion. I m also from Minority but have a lottt of love for my Country INDIARecommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Which minorities of India created Pakistan, again? Jews?

    I fully support monitoring Madressahs, which is what Pakistan has been doing per NAP. NAP in Pakistan is meant for Islam and Muslims, it specifically targets Mosques and Madressah’s preaching hatred.

    But, India does the same, the ground beneath Pakistanis starts shaking!Recommend

  • Raj Rao

    The reason is simple, unlike other minorities Muslims openly say that religion comes before country.

    I could have linked to numerous TV debates, but disqus will block it.

    There are 3 reasons I believe

    1] Muslim invaders from Afghanistan and Turkey are heroes for the muslim clerics, though they killed men, raped and abducted women in current Pakistan, India and Bangladesh – (Youtube – Indian Islamic cleric says Arab and Islamic invaders of India are heroes of Muslim Indians)
    2] Indian National Song is not acceptable to muslims – (Youtube – Why Muslims don’t sing Vande Matram ? Answer by Dr Zakir Naik)
    3] Muslims are not inventing anything new.. They still want to follow old things which is like 1400 year old and is Arabic in nature… Without change countries will not progress. No major muslim has contributed to the science and all inventions have been Jews, Christian and other religions.Recommend

  • Milford

    If that belief is true then there might have been riots all over the North India. And make no mistake North India itself has little more than 100 millions of Muslims. What you emphasis in education, public health, disaster preparedness, science and technology, etc. Yes, this doesn’t mean India is a far away distant country bestowed perfections in all its Glory and where everything is in harmony perfect. Just like every democratic country here and there people with politics or agendas come and go . But it’s safer to say India is so huge and too diverse a country to be swayed by single party or single communityRecommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    “And of course, you must order your soldiers to stop killing the Muslims
    of Kashmir and settling Hindus in the occupied territory with the aim of
    turning Kashmir into a Hindu-majority state.”

    Why? Unless Pandits get justice, why should Muslims?

    Kashmir was a Hindu majority for a long time. With the abdication of 35 A article, which enables Pandits to get land after marrying non-Kashmiris, their fold will grow in Kashmir.Recommend

  • PatelPara

    stop being ignorant.

    our minorities are not butchered like Muslims were in gujrat. we don’t treat anyone (by the state) like dalits are treated. we don’t have a movement like khalistan going on. and we have not killed over 200,000 for nagaland and 100,000 for kashmir.

    REFLECTION.

    on top of that India is killing innocents by funding TTP which is NOT killing non Muslims in Pakistan but only Muslims. so much for TTP being Islamic.

    and yes Muslims are treated as ISI agents first in India. they are actually scared. A lot of celebrities have spoken out.Recommend

  • Milford

    Stop comparing India with Pakistan. You are putting Pakistan in a pedestal. May be back in 1950s India might be in same with Pakistan in some social indices. But India is destined to something higher, bigger, and large. India will do its thing bringing all community into a single band and march forward for a better future for all. Recommend

  • kp

    Sikh always loves the country they live in.
    Christians always loves the country they live in.
    Jews always loves the country they live in.
    Jains always loves the country they live in.
    Budhhists always loves the country they live in.
    Generally above statements are true, But you know the Muslims try to separate themselves from society, dont want to follow law of land. And this is happening everywhere. ACCEPT THE TRUTH OR BE AN OSTRICHRecommend

  • Hitesh Sachdev

    Coz they can’t be trusted. As simple as that.Recommend

  • PatelPara

    why don’t you answer this.

    where in Pakistan non Muslims have been butchered like Gujrat?
    why majority terrorism in Pakistan is supported/funded by India (TTP)?
    why Pakistan has not killed 200,000 for a place like nagaland?
    why whole of Kashmir was closed out on 15th August but celebrated 14th August. ?
    why Dalits had to start Bhim army?
    why Churches were burned down in Orissa?
    why Khalistan is being talked about?
    why 100,000 have been killed in Kashmir?

    why Modi was not able to answer Karan Thapar and had to stop the interview?

    and I won’t talk about thousands of rapes that happen.Recommend

  • indian

    Why do the madarsa have terror training, hate, n killing…??? Why are the Muslims uneducated…??? Why are they producing 11/12 children when they don’t have income to support themselves or their children… Whey won’t they follow the law and the rules n regulations of civilized world… Why do they oppose everything that is democratic,Recommend

  • indian

    Aren’t they…??Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav

    Lets just assume Muslims in India are living in worst possible condition. Why are they not leaving India for Pakistan like Hindus and Sikhs leaving Pakistan for India??? It could be because of either of two
    1. They are satisfied with their living condition in India
    2. The Muslims do try to get into Pakistan but not allowed by Pakistani govtRecommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav

    And you know this how? By interacting with Hindus from Hindi belt of India or my figment of your fertile mind where all Hindu Kafirs are going to hell?Recommend

  • Hanshu=Agarwal

    The example is Samajwadi party mavia ali says first he is muslim than IndianRecommend

  • Hanshu=Agarwal

    My question is why from 22% in 1947 only less than 2% minorities left in PakistanRecommend

  • Arunanshu M

    A Pakistani commenting on Indian secularism always makes such a laughing stock. Ask your own Islamic Pak government and army how it’s fighting Islamic radicalism and anti national activism spawning in Madrassas. Same thing is happening in several places in India. Islamic radicalism is a reality today and these terrorist factories have no love for nation or humanity. The UP govt was bold enough to take this step as an identification exercise and instil the fear of God that they are being watched. None of the other minority sects in India today poses as high a threat to India’s national security and it’s fibre of secularism as fundamentalist Islam.Recommend

  • Arvind Pujari

    This is the rhetoric which every pakistani tells himself daily so that he can justify the the decision of his forefathers. The day they except the truth that Indians are there blood brothers and there is no running from this fact
    Do you have the numbers how many India’s are applying for Pakistani Citizens ship? It’s zero. And ho many Pakistanis are applying for Indian Citizen ship? Every year it’s 5000. I am not even counting the lakhs of Bangladeshis who are crossing over to India every year. Did you know how many Rohingya Muslims Migrated to India leaglly ? It’s 5000. And how many did pakistan take? Recommend

  • Arvind Pujari

    How do you know what Indians believe ? How many times have you being here? How much have you interacted with the people here? Perception is one ill God has given to today’s Human and you are just indulging into that, for you truth is across the border and it’s farRecommend

  • Saadi

    In Pakistan, the state does not sanction such tripe! In India, the minorities have to go above and beyond to prove their national credentials. No such thing in Pakistan. If our extremists carry out atrocities against our minorities, the majority speaks up and also our majority suffers the same at the hands of foreign funded militants.

    To your other ill-informed point about the increase in the # of Muslims, it is simply because Muslims in general do not practice family planning and the families are larger. This by no means indicates that India’s majority has treated the Muslim minority better. If anything the recent trend around lynchings and mob violence proves that India’s social fabric is being reset with a more chauvinistic streak.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    Nobody wants muslim vote ok.atleast not bjp.madarssas need to be scrutinized for various reason.even govt in Pakistan was mulling such option.but they backed off coz of mullas stronghold.i see you have hatred for hindus.as long as you will keep hating hindus,you won’t find india and pakistan on same page.now coming to very important trend that was followed by world media including pakistan.t his yr medias focus was partition .I failed to make any sense out of it.i may be third or fourth generation post partition.i have not much interest in what has happened in the past.on several occasions i have said it,pakistanis r very emotional people.in today’s world of economics ,trade is very important.this is where we can embrace each other.pakistan must not try to influence india in any manner.it is no way appreciated here.trade is the only option to move on at this point of time.chinese vice premier came to celebrate your independence day.where was the media focus?not a single reporting from dawn and tribune.i was expecting one or two blogs at least on pak china friendship .Recommend

  • hp kumar

    you keep naming hindu hindu and you don’t even know that how obnoxious you sound.you r literally paranoid.At this point of time you should not speak about them.you r done with your hindu population already.you should focus on your own country and ignore india.Recommend

  • Srikant Mahapatra

    Firstly Muslim are not minority. Secondly the actual minorities; Like Parsis, Budhist, Sikhs and Christian never created any issues in regards to saying Bharat Mata no Jay, Vande Mataram. Only Muslim raised this issue in the name of Religion. It is true that few mullahs and Fanatic Muslim question it. But on the other hand liberal Muslim barring a few never opposed to it.Recommend

  • wb

    Actually, dear Lakhani, it’s because Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Jews, Bahais, Atheists of THE ENTIRE WORLD (not just India) believe that Muslims are ISIS. That Muslims are extremists. Even the liberal Muslims are closet terrorists!!!!

    Trust me, dear, you may live in dark. But the world still sees right through you.Recommend

  • Shad

    Modi does not need muslim votes..his party only needs to create a fake enemy out of the muslims fir other communities to unite…

    More over , yes pakistan might arguably be a failed state …but clearly with the current environment in india , we are no better than pakistan when it comes to minorities….Recommend

  • Kumar

    Write who??? The man who think its his duty to abuse hindus and hinduism.Recommend

  • Kumar

    Your hate for Hindus oozeout no matter how much you try to hide it.Recommend

  • Rajesh Mevada

    Myopic and biased one sided view by writer.reality is different and positive.Recommend

  • http://gravatar.com/skchadha SKChadha

    Shakir, actually, it’s because most Arabized Hindus, who considered them as true followers of Islam (particularly the jokers living around river Sindhu) believe that all Sindhu, Hindu or Indoi who have faith in their varied forms of Almighty are agents to destroy Arabian Jahilya which is surviving even after Nabi … 😤Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    1 MF Husseien made paintings of Hindu Goddesses in sexually suggestive poses, and court case was filed against him. He escaped.
    2 Charlie hebdo printed a caricature of Messenger of Islam and office workers were attacked with machine guns and killed !
    Comparison : 1 Goddesses Vs Messenger, 2- Filed case Vs killed, 3- Sexually suggestive poses Vs Cartoon. 4 – Muslim painted Hindu majority country Vs Christian Published in Christian country.
    Both were wrong, but intensity and reaction can be measured by facts.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    It’s is not untrue either.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Muslims should learn to behave like civilized people and work to maintain social harmony.
    Moreover Modi and his party does not need Muslims’ vote. Yogi became the CM of UP without fielding a Single Muslim candidate.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    The Muslims of India have never treated other communities with respect.Recommend

  • Sane

    Almost all Indians (specially Hindus) will deny the fact that Muslims in India are target of hatred and mistrust. But, you Indians live in your shell. Why Muslims in India not feel secure; killing on beef eating, having a Muslim attire etc. etc. are the reasons. Statements and attitude of your leadership (Muslims massacre in Gujarat and other places) cannot be forgotten for years and years. This attitude and mindset of everyday increasing Hindu extremism is isolating Muslims and they are thinking to make another homeland for them, like that was done in 1947. Getting killed everyday, it is better to be killed for a cause of a separate country.Recommend

  • retired airforce officer

    being a Muslim is an honor. It is not bounded by nationality,creed,race or sect whatever may be the source of discrimination. Perhaps the time is ripe for Indian Muslims to offer sacrifices. They should drive lessons from 1857 war of independence and other events Recommend

  • wb

    Saadi, were you born yesterday?!! In Pakistan state does not sanction such tripe? What is the Hudood ordinance? Have you not heard of ordinance XX? Recommend

  • wb

    “In India, the minorities have to go above and beyond to prove their national credentials.” Not all Minorities, but only Muslims. Because Muslims are traitors in all the countries they live in. Muslims are traitors even in Pakistan!! Look at your own leaders.

    Your majority speaks up? Are you kidding me? Whole of Pakistan considers Malala an enemy.

    Recommend

  • Patwari

    The Brahmini Mulla from Banaras raises his head again
    Yogi Adityanth disciple, Maharaj’s left hand, spews his
    newly minted poison, again.
    Recommend

  • wb

    It’s hard to get rid of brainwashing given by your parents. But give it a try. Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “The population of minorities in India especially Muslims have increased more than Hindus”. In my opinion, the population of Indian Muslims is deliberately shown less to prevent them getting their due share of jobs. I estimate the number of Muslims in India @ 30 % of the total population. I’ll write on it after I have done further research.Recommend

  • sac_nair

    Dear Mr. Lakhani- that is a last name of my best friend but with a Hindu name. Good perspective- but here is another perspective- http://www.rediff.com/news/special/why-the-rohingyas-feel-safe-in-india/20170817.htm

    In our housing society we have 22% Muslims. Since 14 years we live there. Except 3-4 Muslims not a single Muslim comes down for flag hoisting ceremony. Our society Chairman a Muslim gentleman refuses to sing national anthem.
    Not at all exaggerating. But his son and daughter goes to St. Mary’s school and there they have to sing a Christian prayer. He has issued a diktat to Muslim flat owners that they should sell their flats or rent it out only to Muslims. While 8 flats were sold by Hindus to Muslims out of the 132 flats we have in our colony. Recommend

  • http://gravatar.com/skchadha SKChadha

    Shakir, there are many followers of the teachings of Islam in India. All of us (including the followers of Islam) are Sindhu, Hindu or Indoi. More so those, who are living around river Sindhu. We all practice our varied faiths in search of ultimate path for better social living and humanity.

    The Muslims have moved back towards west from India way back in 1947. Yes, the Pak Saaf Land have many Arabized (or Barbarized Muslims) following Jahilya. Islam Kahan Hai Pakistan Main?Recommend

  • Praneet Ahluwalia

    That is because of 2 reasons, In India: –
    the church, Gurudwara or buddhist Monasteries run certified schools but the Madarassas run schools that are not certified. So only Madarassas are included in the scope.
    the Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists comprise of less than 3% of the Indian population where are Muslims comprise of 20%. So from an implementation perspective it will be much easier to implement this on madrasas.

    Please dont view this as IslamophobicRecommend

  • Kushal

    I agree with Shakir.
    Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jews and Budhhists all got their version of Pakistan carved out of India, why single out Muslims alone.
    Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jews and Budhhists all of them, being not satisfied with what they have got in 1947, are fighting for more and more land to be annexed with their respective “Pakistan”. So why single out Muslims alone?
    Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jews and Budhhists join their own version of ISIS, so that they can establish a Khilafat to rule over others so why single out Muslims alone.
    Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jews and Budhhists all say that their religion is above motherland, so why single out Muslims alone.
    I demand an answer otherwise I will give up my award .Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “after ensuring that we are non-muslim “. So why are you using a Muslim name to post lies on this page. Sikhs are present throughout Pakistan (even in Karachi, where there are an estimated 200,000 Hindus). Sikhs and Hindus are both in charge of their places of worship, so stop spreading falsehoods, be a man, accept the truth, there is no discrimination in Pakistan against Hindus and Sikhs.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    What about statues of naked hindu gods and goddesses in the Ajanta caves near Bombay? Why don’t you go and break up the statues?Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Please read carefully. I’ve not written anything abusive about Hindus and Hinduism.Recommend

  • Praneet Ahluwalia

    Wow, this is scary, I thought the blasphemy was an isolated case but ……. Does pakistan want to compete with Nazi Germany?
    Girl children from minority communities are abducted, converted to Islam and married. the whole world recognizes this as rapes.
    Aljazeera found that little boys are raped with the consent of the communities.
    Minorities are hanged to death if they are found having lunch during Ramzan.
    I think Nawaz sherrif is the best person to lead simply because he passed laws to recognize non islamic weddings and banned honour killings. I am sure that he would eventually get rid of Hudood and XX.

    Pakistan has a long way to go before it can be called a humane country and India is a good reference for Pakistan Alas pakistan looks arabwards for its inspirations of constitutionRecommend

  • red

    Complete Nonsense.. Who is stopping the video tapes. This is the height of Absurdity..Recommend

  • Sane

    This is the attitude of you Hindu extremists make them to do that.Recommend

  • Sane

    Why Shabana Azmi was denied to own a flat/house in Bombay. Don’t give one side picture. Talk about the attitude of Hindu extremists also. Why Muslim actors, singers and artists from Pakistan were threatened to leave India or face dire consequences. Have you ever thought about this? Wrong is always retaliated with wrong. You don’t want to give right of protest to those (Muslims) who you kill.Recommend

  • Sane

    In your dictionary ‘behaving like civilized people and work to maintain harmony’ is to stop eating beef, dress like Hindus do, drink urine, go to Mandir to worship instead of Masjid. Leave all their religious identities. This is not possible today and will never be possible ever. You are forcing Muslims to make another homeland for them.Recommend

  • Sane

    You are giving example of Malala, Why don’t you talk about Shahrukh Khan, Amir Khan and other Muslim actors and other artists to whom you say to become Hindu or leave India. What kind of barometer you have to measure that whole of Paksitan considers Malala an enemy? Baseless and lies only.Recommend

  • Sane

    Why don’t you talk about the law for protecting slaughter of cows and beef eaters to be prosecuted under Indian law, only when beef eater is Muslim. Rather they are killed on road by your BJP and other extremists Hindu elements. Otherwise, you, yourself slaughter cows and export meat to earn foreign exchange.Recommend

  • Soumik Banerjee

    You want Indians to forget the bloodbath of Muslim rule,the direct action day of Bengal when thousands of Hindus were killed and converted by muslims and what not by giving examples of MF Hussain and Shahrukh.Listen. stop begging for secularism in the land where you have slit the throats of Hindus.Recommend

  • Sane

    What is the fact, why don’t you shed some light on it, instead making baseless statement. In India Muslims have a population of around 300 Million. You can’t kill all of them, although you are trying hard to do that.Recommend

  • wb

    Sane, why would I give examples of SRK and other Indians?!! Do you not know that the point was about Pakistan and Malala is Pakistani and not SRK.Recommend

  • wb

    Cow protection bill does not target any single community. Recommend

  • wb

    No in my dictionary behaving like civilized people is stopping triple talaq, stopping child marriage, getting good secular education, stop being filthy, start respecting constitution, start becoming more productive, stop being criminals and crooks.
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  • wb

    Statues depicting Kamasutra or Shilabalika (stone girls) is not Gods or Goddesses.Recommend

  • rahul ranjan

    When was the last time when census happened in Pakistan and what was the condition of minorities in Pakistan…The plight of Minorities in Pakistan is not something which you can be boastful of. You know what the Hindus in Pakistan is treated as second class citizens…Name one Hindu personality coming out of Pakistan and I will name 10 Mulsim personality…Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “In India Muslims have a population of around 300 Million”. But your own 2011 census says it was 172,210,524. If it’s 300 million now, it’s an increase of 74%! Unless of course, it was always high in every census, but your government deliberately declared the Muslim population much lower than actual, for obvious reasons. (I personally believe that Muslims are more than 30% of the Indian population and increasing exponentially).Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “Yogi became the CM of UP without fielding a Single Muslim candidate”. Yes, out of 20% Muslim population of UP, the BJP did not allow a single Muslim to stand in the elections. So much for Indian secularism!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Shabana Azmi and other Muslims have not been able to get apartments in Hindu-owned buildings, but where I live (720 apartments), there are many Hindus. In fact, my family doctor is a Hindu (I’ve written a blog about Hindu doctors in Karachi sometime back). Believe me, there is no discrimination against Hindus (there may be against other minorities, but certainly not against Hindus, who are mainly confined to Karachi and Sindh).Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Hindus and Sikhs are not leaving Pakistan, they are very happy here.Recommend

  • harsh parihar

    Don’t know how does u claim , u r a writerRecommend

  • sanjay vats

    Not participating in celebrations on 15th August or 26th January is a punishable offence for any school , college or institute, regardless of their religious affiliation. In my city for example whether it’s a christian missionary ,khalsa sikh school or any other faith governed school these dates are being celebrated without any hitch or problem since we got freedom. Funny thing is that the students of muslim faith too have been a part of these celebrations till date. But the moment the government issues an order to include the madarsas in to the list of other schools all the hell broke loose. Why this diktat was issued or enforced…. Well these so called leaders of muslims community must search their own *gireban*. This blind opposition will not lead them anywhere.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    check your facts. Ajanta caves are Buddhism cultural carvings, not about God and Goddesses, Buddhism dont have concept of God and Goddesses like Hinduism !
    By the way, I explained what Mr MF hussein did.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Here is news about Madrassas in Pakistan. If there is something wrong, govt has to take action, India only asked to celebrate independence day. Didnt ask anything huge !
    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1053991/national-action-plan-over-250-madrassas-shut-down-countrywide/Recommend

  • Rajiv

    How come you don’t have a Disqus ID?Recommend

  • Rajiv

    The elections were secular.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Meat eating Hindu too wont get apartments among non meat eating Hindus, onion,garlic eating Hindus too wont get apartment among Jains , low income Hindu wont get high income Parsi apartment, Dancer actor hindu too wont get apartment in high class business society. Many Muslims and even Shabana (and father kaifi azmi) have been living in Bombay for decades.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Where muslims of Bombay have been living for decades ? Shabana, Javed, Farhan, Kaifi, Salman, Shahrukh, Amir, Abbas, Mastan, Suleman etc ? are enough tents provided ?Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Can you tell me why the Parsi population in India is decreasing so much? From 0.13% in 1951 to 0.06% in 2001 (figures for 2011 not available, meaning there are very few of them left in India), it seems they are migrating to other places, despite India being a paradise according to you guys!Recommend

  • Shahid Hashmi

    Yes Religion comes first and then nation.Islam is the solution of all problems but only dull minded person can’t understandRecommend

  • sac_nair

    Sane Sir, I think extremists out of total population may be less than a percent. I don’t know how many are there but I guess they are under a lakh or two out of hundred plus crore. Let’s talk about normal people like me. I have two apartments given on rent to Muslims since many years now. My mother has been a teacher and has taught many underprivileged Hindu and Muslim kids. We never discriminated.
    I did not kill anyone ever. I am sure you too wouldn’t have.
    In the locality I live some 10 lakh people live- we never experienced faith killings.
    Shabana Azmi is known but why don’t you know people like me? There are lakhs and crores of people like me. Why do you forget people like me. Not even once is one good word said about people like us.
    I have never seen discrimination in my school or college or hostel or hospital or any office or anywhere.
    Yes I have witnessed riots and seen a Hindu mob destroy shops and a Muslim mob setting fire to a petrol bunk.
    You are only talking of cases which you read in media. Please take a moment to talk about simple people like us too. That would be a nice gesture.Recommend

  • Nagraj Gs G S

    The only reason which is forcing the Indian government to do this is the mass participations of Muslims in funeral of terrorists and also because some people who say for Muslim religion is first and then comes something else..Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    What is Muslim name? My name just like all Christian, Muslim and Bahai names is old Jewish Name. I washed Imambara floors for eight years and carried Tazia for 10 years. 99% of the Tazia carriers were Marathas, whom you call Hindus and I call Dharmik. No one in India became Muslim for spiritual reason. Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Every year at least 30K HinduSikh migrate from Pakistan to India. HinduSikh population dwindled from 23% to 1.3% from 1947 to 2011 in West Bangladesh (Pakistan). Banglis were in majority so technically Pakistan was created out of Bangladesh.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    In your constitution there is discrimination. No non-Muslims can be head of state, PM by your constitution.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Parsis are not migrating. Their clergy is myopic and not allowing marriages with Dharmics and Abrahamics. Gene pool makes them susceptible to many ailments and mental diseases. Some rebellious and progressive clergy have started making amends. Indian Parsis and Jews are dear children of Mother India who contributed for her well being a lot compared to Indians who converted to Abrahamic religions.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    On rest of Indians Hum Do Hamare Do was imposed by state in 70s especially during 22 month Emergency Recommend

  • Mike Pilgrim

    Pakistan should sue India in International Criminal Court for the Genocide of 1947 committed by Hindus and Sikhs against Muslims.Recommend

  • Patwari

    So it’s OK for Yogi Adithyanath who order a statue of
    Rama in every Muslim mosque? In Hindustan..,Bharat..
    Hindu Desh….Recommend

  • Patwari

    You are right, Pakland should not be compared with the new
    home of fascists, Brown Nazis, racists and Hindutva poisoned
    nationalists. With the Saffron Lord from Gujrat ensconced on the
    Delhi throne. it’s ‘Revenge Time’ on Muslims. why Muslims you say?
    Because, Muslims ruled Hindustan for 1200 years. With an iron fist.
    Just a handful had millions of hindus under their control.
    Once Hindustan can control Sati, female infanticide, RSS, Shiv Sena
    Vishwa Hindu Parisad, you are almost there. But it will not happen.
    As long as there is a Caste System in Land of the hindus, Hindia
    is going nowhere.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Say about time you come out from under your rock.
    might be hard to do, because the Vermilion Lord,
    husband of Jashodaben Chimanlal, Selfie King is sitting
    on it. Plus the extra weight of Ghar Wapsi, Love Jihad,
    Toilet Jihad, Sadhvi Prachi, Yogi Adityanath…is pressing
    it down, real hard.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Look, as you were advised, you should claim to be
    a Dalit. It’s a rung higher on the Caste Ladder. from
    your current status. A few years down, you can claim
    to be a Bunya caste wala. No worries
    Just migrate to a new place from your village No one will notice. No one will care….they are busy looking for toilets.
    There are 2 billions hindus….
    Seems like a plan. Good luck with it.Recommend

  • Patwari

    No just be happy, in Banaras. Near Ganga Mata,
    Gau Raksha, idlis and dosas. Hunting for Muslims
    to lynch if they are even one mile from a diseased
    dead cow that died of old age. Praying in the temple
    with Maharaj, [ Modi Sarkar’s guru ]
    May Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesha and the
    other 876 gods and goddesses bless you.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Actually lived in Calcutta at his house even post partition for several years, almost till 1951. later he became PM of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Safron is for Selfless Seva, White for blameless character and Green for making India prosperous materially as well.Recommend

  • IAF101

    Tell me which “religious schools” do hindus, jains, sikhs and Buddhists go to ? I have not seen one – but perhaps this fellow who wrote all this nonsense can give a comparable institution to a madrassa that other religious groups got to in India ? Even Convent schools don’t teach the bible – they provide secular education .Recommend

  • IAF101

    UTTER ignorant nonsense.

    The colours of the Indian flag have NOTHING to do with the ‘religions’ of India. Please google and educate yourself – religion has nothing to do with the colours of our flag.
    >>
    ” Saffron colour, indicating the strength and courage of the country. The white middle band indicates peace and truth with Dharma Chakra. The last band is green in colour shows the fertility, growth and auspiciousness of the land.”Recommend